The Happy Cottage

Small Garden Inspiration

This blog was started in Jan. 2017 on a cold bright winter day in my 1945 cottage home.  Photos of the Spring 2016 garden inspired me. Winter is after all, the perfect time for gardeners to daydream of Spring.

Join me for small garden inspiration interspersed with lifestyle.   Please share some of your ideas too!


Many older posts include slideshows, so give the first photo a click to start the show. Categories have been added below Archives to allow easier viewing of past posts: Artful Combinations and Pollinators may give you some good ideas for your garden.  Checkout the Butterfly and Moth Compendium for a catalog of sightings.

My gardening/lifestyle ethos: support Mother Earth and yourself by being as natural as possible.

Don't use synthetic chemicals and weed instead of spray. Include host and nectar plants for pollinators. Favorite garden medium:  organic mushroom compost. It's the soil that mushrooms were grown in.       

Full disclosure:  We do use biological mosquito dunks.


My gardening style has evolved over twenty years to include scent, food for butterflies, pollinators and birds 

and shelter for small creatures.  A multi-dimensional garden will bring you years of enjoyment!



January 22, 2018

Beaver Marsh Photo- from the Bamboo Turtle blogger, Jim Lee.*   

Our urban creek, the Ellerbe, runs through the heart of downtown Durham and beyond. It ultimately empties into Falls Lake which is a man made reservoir for the city of Raleigh. Much of the creek is lo...

January 18, 2018

So it's official, Durham received between 10 and 12 inches of snow!

Fortunately, it is melting as I write this.  By Friday,  things should be pretty close to normal around here.  In the meantime, it's still beautiful.

This should be the last snow slideshow for...

January 17, 2018

As predicted, we are receiving a beautiful snowfall today.  It's still coming down at 3:00 p.m.  It started around 8:00 this morning. Here's a winter slide show for you. Hover over the photo if you'd like to see a caption. The photo of Beaver Marsh Preserve and the Ell...

January 16, 2018

 As of Jan. 11th Durham County is still in Moderate Drought Status.  Like most of the country we are experiencing a run of record lows with some snow and ice.  A kind neighbor reminded our neighborhood listserv that "Birds Need Water" during this rough spell.  Mos...

January 4, 2018

A light dusting of snow came last night amidst our freezing temperatures.  Fortuitously, I have one fancy chocolate left from Christmas which happens to be a snowman.  This year I am attached to my Christmas tree.  Normally, I am more than ready to take it down on Jan....

January 1, 2018

Thank you for following this blog in 2017.  It started as a way to entertain myself during a January snow in 2017.  It's benefitted me in more ways than one. It has become my garden journal. It's kept me in in touch with a former colleague and friend who is also a love...

Please reload

Recent Posts

November 30, 2019

Please reload